June 19, 2005

ANSWERING THEIR WAKE-UP CALL:

Blair plans assault on 'out-of-date' EU leaders (EDDIE BARNES AND BRIAN BRADY, 6/19/05, The Scotsman)

TONY Blair will this week launch a dramatic offensive in the heart of the European Union, demanding the crisis-stricken EU deliver widespread reform.

After the most acrimonious week in the Union's history, the Prime Minister will enter the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday, provoking renewed hostility by insisting France and other European nations slash their bloated agricultural subsidies.

Bullish officials in Downing Street claim they have been "vindicated" following last week's EU summit when Britain was joined by four other nations in refusing to sign off its budget.

But despite their confidence, Foreign Office officials returning to London yesterday, warned that Blair's bid was unlikely to succeed, with France leading the group of "enemy" nations hungry for revenge.


At least they finally recognize that they are enemies.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 19, 2005 8:08 AM
Comments

I'm watching Senator Mitchell and Newt Gingrich discuss UN reform as I read the above's Blair "demanding the crisis-stricken EU deliver widespread reform."

So three years after the two organization's united against the execrable George W. Bush and the effort against Saddam, both organizations see their people from the very top down acknowledging how screwed up they are and running around trying to at least ACT like they are reforming, or even doing so in reality. Meanwhile, Mr. Bush stands tall (at least in comparison, meaningless weenie polls nonwithstanding), and free Iraq strengthens apace.

History's a b--ch sometimes, n'est pas?

Posted by: Andrew X at June 19, 2005 9:33 AM

There is no shortage of subsidies to Britain in the EU. I can't help wondering if Blair will support their repeal as well. It is one thing to attack the grotesque payments made to French smallholders, who should go out and get real jobs. It is quite another to support cutting payments to Lincolnshire dairymen and Bavarian wheat farmers. I wonder if Merkel and Blair have the cojones to do that.

Posted by: bart at June 19, 2005 10:05 AM
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